World Intellectual Property Day: The Kgp Connection

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Glen Savio Palmer, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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World Intellectual Property Day is observed annually on 26 April. The event was established by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in 2000 to “raise awareness of how patents, copyright, trademarks and designs impact on daily life” and “to celebrate creativity, and the contribution made by creators and innovators to the development of societies across the globe”. This date was chosen because it coincides with the date on which the Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization entered into force in 1970. The theme for this year’s World IP Day is Digital Creativity: Culture Reimagined.

This day is observed in India as well by the Indian Intellectual Property Ofiice. The Indian Intellectual property office confers national intellectual property awards on outstanding innovators, organisations and companies in the fields of patents, designs, trademarks, and geographical indications on the occasion of World IP Day every year. Here is where the Kgp connection comes in!

IIT-Kharagpur has won an award by the Indian government for being the top academic institute for patents in 2016. According to a news report published in the Economic Times, IIT-Kgp director Partha Pratim Chakraborty said they have received a letter from the Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry saying the institute has been awarded the prize for ‘Top Academic Institute for Patents 2016’. The award will be given on April 26 in Delhi by Union minister Nirmala Sitharaman at a function jointly organised for the celebration of World IP Day by the Indian Intellectual Property office.

This recognition is a big shot in the arm for budding innovators here at IIT Kharagpur. It will surely ignite the fire within to work hard and reach an even higher number this year.

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